NOTE - The following mod was originally submitted to the
Tech Rally group on
Yahoo by Ray Wilkes in August 2004.
This folding insert fits snugly in the ceiling skylight bubble
to control heat from the sun in summer and heat loss in the winter. It also does
a good job of limiting the light that comes inside.
APPROX. MODIFICATION TIME: 2 hours
All prices are approximate and pre-tax.
|Reflectix (roll of 16” x 25” note: enough for 5 skylights)
|Styrofoam panels,13-3/8” x 25-3/8“ x 1/4" thick
|Adhesive spray, per can
|Material to cover inside of panel, 1.5 yards
|Duct tape, and plastic ties
|APPROX. TOTAL COST OF PARTS
Built of .25” thick Styrofoam panels, with Reflectix on the
top, and bonded fabric on the underside, it folds to store. Two panels 13-3/8”
x 25-3/8“ with 2-1/4” corner radius are easy to build. Matching fabric is bonded
to the side you can see and goes up around all edges to bond to the top of the
Reflectix. A strip of 2” wide duct tape serves as a hinge on the top center
This is the Reflectix side that the sun sees. Notice that all
edges of the fabric have been brought around the edges, and bonded to the Reflectix.
Where the two panels butt together at the center, a 2” wide piece of duct tape
serves as a hinge to fold the two panels so they may be stored easily.
Here you can see the duct tape hinge and also the plastic tie
straps, which are really needed to be able to easily remove the panels from the
Skylight. Once positioned and adjusted to the loop size you want, the plastic
tie straps are simply covered with duct tape to secure them in position on the
top surface of the center hinge strip of duck tape. By leaving the long ends [not
cutting them off] and taping the whole thing down, you may reduce the size of
the loop later, if you so desire.